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Samoas Fudge Babies!

No, not the spicy Indian potato thing. That’s a samosa. This is a samoa. You don’t want to get the two confused! Winking smile

Awhile back, I posted a recipe for Raw Thin-Mint Brownies.

In that post, I vowed to someday try making raw samoas, my favorite girl-scout cookies as a child.

raw samoas 1

samoas 1

Gosh, my children are pretty.

Certainly prettier than those poor Thin Mint Brownies!

samoas balls

Samoas Babies

  • Packed 1/2 cup dates (90g)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (30g)
  • 1/16 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp chocolate chips or bar (14-28g)

Put all the ingredients together in your food processor, and blend. (I like to make 1/2 a batch and use the Magic Bullet short cup.) You can reserve a few of the chocolate chips to add, post-blending, if you so desire. See below for nutrition information.

samoas truffles

Nutrition Facts for Samoas Babies:

Serving Size: 45 grams (the size of a Larabar)

  • 175 calories
  • 8 g fat
  • 2 g protein
  • 5 g fiber
  • 0 g added sugars

When I set out to create a fudge baby version of the famous Samoas girl-scout cookie, the first thing I did was look up ingredients for the real Samoas.

Do you know what I found?

It wasn’t pretty: Sugar, vegetable oil (partially-hydrogenated palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), coconut, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), cocoa, sorbitol, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali,cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, dextrose, soy lecithin, carrageenan, leavening, natural and artificial flavor

Anyone want to count how many times some form of sugar is listed in there? (Answer: six)

Sounds more like a science experiment than a cookie. Does anyone else find it upsetting that they’re allowed to produce such cookies and feed them—in bulk—to unsuspecting young girls (not to mention the rest of the population that buys the cookies from the scouts). I just don’t understand…

Why do they have to make junk? 

Healthy food can taste delicious, as I say in my About Me page.

So why don’t they make a healthier cookie for the girl scouts to sell? Unfortunately, I know the answer: cost. It’s cheaper for companies to mass-produce cookies with chemical-y ingredients and preservatives than it’d be for them to use real, natural ingredients (i.e. ingredients found in cookies that people would bake at home!). Who ends up suffering? The consumers.

Don’t get me wrong…

I’m not saying that eating a girl-scout cookie every now and then is going to hurt you. I truly believe it’s perfectly healthy for people to occasionally eat unhealthy foods (as long as they don’t stress about it afterwards). Stress over achieving a “perfect” diet seems far worse for one’s health than eating processed junk every once in a while. No, what I’m upset about is the fact that manufacturers are allowed to produce said processed junk in the first place! Yes, America is a free country. But does this mean companies have the right to add to their products whatever unhealthy (and, in some cases, dangerous) ingredients they desire? And then they aggressively target these products towards children?! Marketing and deceptive advertising strategies can fool even the most well-intentioned consumers.

Ah, but I digress. Let’s get back to the fun stuff, shall we?

vegan samoas


These are actually nut-free!

I improved upon the recipe after the photo-shoot, which is why the babies in the photos have nuts. (Please don’t take that sentence the wrong way.) Do they taste exactly like samoas cookies? No, but that wasn’t the taste/texture I set out to achieve when making these. They’re not raw samoas, they’re raw samoas fudge babies!

So what do they taste like?

Well, imagine a Samoa-flavored Larabar. Winking smile

And click for a list of all the Homemade Larabar Flavors.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I’m making these for my mom!!!! Seriously, samosa are her FAVORITE!!! But I’ll stick to the thin mints 😉

    And I agree that it is totally disgusting what they put in food. Seriously, it is DISGUSTING!!! It isn’t even real food anymore :(

    1. Trajayjay says:

      Just stick to the natural foods and you should be fine. But seriously, It’s hard to find a packaged food that doesn’t have less than 5 ingredients. Even my whole wheat pitas have some unsightly things in them: sucralose. Oh well. People are all about convenience these days. They’ll do anything to avoid laying a finger on a wooden spoon. I wish it were the 1840’s so that we could have some actual things without all the trans fat.

  2. Ahhh I have been waiting for these my whole life, I have everything on hand so as soon as I get out of class im headed straight to the kitchen :) thanks for another lovely recipe.

  3. Gen says:

    That looks really awesome!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to try these out! 😀

  4. Freya says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I also get miffed when you buy bread or something, and it lists stuff like whey protein and tons of sugars and stuff I can’t pronounce – it’s BREAD for crying out loud! We shouldn’t have to add so much cr*p :/

  5. i’ll take your samoas over their samoas. any day. :) i agree with everything you said!

  6. They look amazing and I completely agree with your comments regarding unhealthy foods being pushed to those girls. I think its such a shame as so many people have no idea that you can eat healthy stuff that tastes as amazing as I’m sure these do – we need to spread the fudge baby love!

  7. That first photo is stunning Katie. The recipe sounds great too! :)

  8. Jojo says:

    Ooh yum! I’ve never had a GS Samoa before, but I’m sure these are so much better than those cardboardy things 😀

    Not related, but I also like samosas 😛

  9. Haha I’m glad you cleared up the whol ‘samoa’ thing, cos I did think you were talking about samosas! 😛

    These look DEEEELISH!! I am so making them asap!! 😀

    And I totally agree with you!! I think they especially take advantage of the fact that this stuff is marketed at kids who are much less likely to read or care about ingredients lists! But CCK can and IS changing things, one person at a time, to show everyone that healthy is the new naughty :)

  10. Brandie says:

    I’m so SAD! I can’t make babies anymore :( My bullet DIED *cries* The VitaMix is just a bit too big, it can’t work around a tiny batch like I make … sad sad sad.

    I agree on the GS Cookies points too lol, I was a GS for like 9 years, and sold the shiz-nit out of the cookies! But back then I didn’t know better… and oh we ATE the shiz-nit out of em too! *giggle* NOW? I wouldn’t want my daughter even selling them… good thing I don’t have to worry about that particular dillemna (FOR A LONG TIME, or ever…?)

    I have thought about when my lil man gets older and wants Boy Scouts or whatever, and I’ll want him to participate cause that’s awesome… and then I think omg what if they do, like, beef jerky fundraisers or something? ACK! I’ll just have to find a way to DONATE a bunch of money so he doesn’t have to sell it lol

  11. Beautiful pictures! THose look delicious! I cant believe all the ingredients, well, actually yes I can. It’s sad how what you can find in certain food products. Just yesterday I pulled out some bread crumbs and found MANY different kinds of sugar including High Fructose Corn Syrup…In bread crumbs! just crazy!

  12. Grace says:

    Katie, you must go through a ton of dates. Where do you buy yours?

    1. Hey Grace! I actually buy the SunMaid ones at my regular grocery store. I stock up when they’re on sale for $2.49 a package.

  13. Star says:

    These look fabulous! I must admit, Samoas used to be my favorite girl scout cookie.
    I also agree with you though, It is sad too that they use these little girls to market these cookies. I mean how could an innocent little girl be selling you something so harmful right?
    But on a brighter note, your samoa baby photos are beautiful!

  14. YES YES YE SLOVE! i would much prefer these to actual samoas just saying.. and i think last time when you mentioned about these I said ‘samosa’ in the comments…. is it sad that i thought it was samosa??.. my b

    another BEAUTIFUL creation!!!

  15. Tulika says:

    Yes!! How exciting–so glad you posted this recipe. And I cannot believe the ingredients in real samoas!!! Makes me sick just thinking about it (especially because I love samoas!). If only everyone could be more informed about these issues…sigh.

  16. Gina says:

    Amazing job, Katie!! What is that deliciousness you drizzled on top?

    1. Chocolate Butter:
      But that was just for the photos… really, they’re so awesome and don’t even need a topping! :)

  17. Katie I agree with you about the girl scout cookies — nothing is wrong with having them, but it is sad that they are made in the first place! Eek all that sugar.

    You know my feelings on coconut, but these look so adorable!

  18. McKella says:

    Katie, you’re an angel. I love somoas, but sugar doesn’t really agree with me, but I am making these ASAP.
    I completely agree with you on the marketing science project foods to kids. I’ve worked with kids for years and I know they’re much likely to eat something if it’s colorful, shaped like something else, etc. and advertisers know that too. Most of the kids I’ve taught have no concept of what real food is, and it’s so sad. They’d rather eat dinosaur-shaped fruit snacks, lucky charms, pink strawberry-flavored milk, Go-gurt and Cheetos than fruits or veggies, which are colorful and delicious on their own. :(

  19. Anonymous says:

    Well said! I never understand, because people would be UP IN ARMS if companies put, say, nicotine or cyanide in products. And yeah partially-hydrogenated oils and other such things aren’t as bad as poison, but essentially aren’t they just another form of less potent poison?

  20. Oooh I want these!!!! They are so pretty and I bet they taste amazing!!!

    I totally agree with you about the ingredients in the real samoas. And truth be told, I bought some not so long ago and was disappointed with the flavor. Processed food lacks real flavor! I bet these are way better! Katie, you are a genius!

  21. Omg LOVE IT! and I love when bars are in ball form so much more! maybe i’m an odd one but they are so much more fun that way!!!! =) its like a candy! <3

  22. Kimberley says:

    Ooooh girl they look delicious. It is so sad actually, I always feel so lucky that I grew up in a house where my family almost always ate healthy and not the opposite.

    im excited to try these, I have to make some treats for my brothers high school graduation this week and his girlfriend is allergic to nuts so this is perfect! thanks !

    1. That’s not sad at all! We always used to make fun of my grandma, because it wasn’t a meal to her unless there were like 10 vegetables being served! :)

  23. Jennifer JCD says:

    I’m jumping up and down with joy to see a nut-free fudge baby recipe. Yaaaaayyyy!!! (Although, Peabutter makes a good replacement in the PB cookie babies)

    As for those ingredients… blech… I don’t want to put those chemicals in my body thankyouverymuch. Food manufacturers could learn a few lessons from you, Katie!

  24. Luciana says:

    These look delicious! Samoas used to be my favorite Girl Scout cookie! I used to sell cookies door-to-door in my neighborhood.

    I do wish we had more cartoon characters on fruits and vegetables, while foods that everyone should eat in moderation came in plain, boring packages.

    1. That would DEFINITELY help! I can remember wanting to buy dunkaroos just because of the kangaroo, those koala chocolates just because of the fun shapes, and even gummy fruit chews or cocoa pops because of the cartoons… it wasn’t even the flavor of these foods that I liked! :(

  25. Those look incredible. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going to go home and make those today. But I am!!!

  26. Lauren says:

    Oh man I used to LOVE somoas!!! My favorite girl scout cookie for sure. These look awesome!!!

  27. Katie these are the prettiest yet (and quite possibly the BEST flavor)!

  28. Mara says:

    I love samoas! What is the recipe after adding nuts? I think I would prefer them that way. And what is the chocolate-y sauce you covered them with?

    So many questions! You can see how eager I am to make these. =]

    1. I don’t have the nut recipe off-hand, but I wrote it down somewhere… now it’s just a question of finding it! It was kinda like my peanut butter babies recipe, but with pine nuts subbed for the peanuts and then a little coconut flour added in. And the chocolate chips, obviously ;).
      And the chocolate sauce in the photos is this: Chocolate Butter:

  29. kayleigh says:

    thank you thank you thank you for making this nut free! i have a nut allergy, and am SO excited to try my first fudge babies!

  30. You are a GENIUS!!! These look delicious, and samoas happen to be my favorite!

  31. emma says:

    I never even heard of samoas! And yeah, I totally thought you’d made chocolate samosas….and my first thought was, “If Katie’s made them then they must be good!” Ha! My boyfriend has been munching my un-sold bake sale items….last night he was like, “I dunno why these didn’t sell because they’re better than any store bought piece o’ c**p!! So yeah, they have been put to good use. He said he was gonna buy them too so it’s all good :-) xx

    1. LOLOL! Well, maybe they’d be good… I mean, apparently there are a lot of people who think chocolate-covered potato chips are yummy, and so maybe… 😉

  32. The chocolate is totally gleaming in that first pic! Those are some sexy-ass samoas. And way better than the Girl Scout version. I did learn, after the scouts here were done with cookie season, that a few of the cookies are vegan this year. I know they’re processed crap, but I plan to buy a few boxes of the vegan ones next year….just cause Girl Scouts are awesome!

    1. Wait, what?! Some are vegan? I looked it up on the website FAQs and it said they wouldn’t make vegan cookies because it’s too small a % of the population. I’m hoping maybe they changed their minds and just haven’t updated the website?

  33. Lauren says:

    So true! I hate how products are labeled and marketed to appear healthy too. There’s no definition for “all natural,” and “trans fat free” products can still have small amounts of trans fats in them. Most consumers are tricked by labels and don’t really know what’s in their food, and they end up buying their kids junk food! You should create your own vegan & healthy Girl Scout cookie line!

    1. So true! I tell people that all the time. “All natural” means so little that even a Burger King burger would actually be allowed to be classified as “all natural”!

  34. Drool. I love samoas, can’t wait to try these babies!

  35. Lyza says:

    I am actually highly against real girl scout cookies, not only because they’re fully of crummy ingredients, so I am super happy you are doing this. It’s supposed to be an organization teaching young girls to be aware of their actions and their choices and how they affect the world, and yet the cookies use palm oil, the number one source of deforestation in Southeast Asia (and when you think of how many cookies they are selling collectively with this ingredient…well). A couple of young girls boycotted them in my city recently (I’m proud to say I actually babysat one of them once–she’s friends with one of the little girls I used to babysit lol). They’re simply a point-blank representation of exactly what the hypocrisy and propaganda of the food industry is in America today (girl scouts go, “green”).

    These are the REAL samoas, not those “girl scout cookies.” I think they should make young girls aware of this and try to take a stand!! Little girls could actually learn something and go green by being aware of the ingredients in the food they are selling. It’s just scandalous that they keep selling those other ones by the thousands, having no idea what the global impact is of what they are doing, and yet it’s supposed to be an organization based the exact values they are going against by selling those cookies.

    1. Wow, what a precocious (in a good way) child! I never thought to question such things when I was younger. I just went along with what I was told. Well, to an extent… I DID become a vegetarian at age 8… but that only lasted a week! Still, I tried ;).

      1. Lyza says:

        Yeah, she is :)
        I never did either. Like most, I was a completely clueless kid–I just thought if my parents were doing it, it must be right.

        And aw, see, even that’s pretty amazing. Being vegetarian didn’t occur to me until not a year ago, I’m sad to say. I always felt a small bit of guilt, or more like, a little angel on my left shoulder whispering, “Is this really ok??” eating meat, but I never really regarded her because everything around me told me that it was.

        Thanks for replying to so many of my comments :) I know you have a ton to respond to, and you are so kind and sweet for doing so! Take care :)

  36. Lisa says:

    what beautiful photography!!!! I cant wait until there are inventions where you can eat whatever food you see on TV or the internet. haha I can only imagaine how COOL that would be! 😉
    I should make family LOVES Samoas. My bro bought a box a lil while ago, they only lasted like a day in my house!! haha

    1. Awwww thank u! I needed that comment, because foodgawker keeps turning my photos down (including these), and it’s really butchering my self-confidence in my photography skills (or lack thereof!). So seriously, your comment meant the world to me!

      1. Ellie says:

        CCK, I can’t believe your photos are being turned down; they look absolutely delicious! :-) I live in Australian and although I was in the GG as a youngster, I never quite experienced the cookie-selling to the extent you would have in the USA. Your Somoa Babies look incredibly scrumptious and I can’t wait to try them once I’m able to get my hands on the ingredients. I’ve been a vegan for nearly a decade now and it always excites me to discover new vegan-friendly recipes (especially those containing chocolate). :-) A big thank you to you Katie, you’re amazing and I’m glad I recently stumbled across your blog! :-) <3<3<3

      2. I’m so glad you found me too! And I’ve been a vegan for… 9 years? So almost a decade, just like you! (Wow, I didn’t realize it’d been that long. That makes me feel old LOL!)

      3. Lisa says:

        what!! well im glad to hear it. i think the photos are beautiful 😉

  37. mariah says:

    yaaaay so glad you picked this one!yet another cck recipe to add to my to make list :)

  38. Samoas are so delicious – but I would much rather eat one of these!! They look so delicious, Katie! I bet you could totally make one of your milkshake versions of this (with coconut milk, frozen banana, etc) and that would be an amazing dessert as well.
    I agree with you on your point about the marketing unhealthy products- Girl Scout cookies are SO darn expensive. Couldn’t they at least use a little better ingredients (like real sugar and NON hydrogenated oil)??

    1. Exactly! I’m not sayin they have to make ’em healthy. They are cookies, after all! But like you said, what’s wrong with real sugar?

    2. Oh, and yes, there’s definitely a milkshake in the works ;).

  39. Hela says:

    will definitely make some fudge babies soon! (and will hide them from my roomie, so that she won´t gobble them all up like last time ;))
    I totally agree! I do NOT understand how they are allowed to put such crap in food. Also, as I am studying marketing myself, I feel so bad about how people using their knowledge the wrong way and knowingly leading people to consume extremely unhealthy products by stupid ads. I mean, come on? Would you do this to your own children/friends/family? But it is not only the industry to blame, it is also the consumers themselves, that don´t want to know what´s inside the food they are buying and just want to believe what they have been told through commercials…

  40. Jen says:

    Girl, I feel the same way about junk food. WHY is it even made? You got the answer right, but it still frustrates me. I find that the “healthy” versions I make of the foods I loved when I was younger taste better now than they ever did before. Not only do wholesome ingredients taste better, but you know that by eating them, you’re nourishing your body. If you can nourish your body with something that tastes better than an actual samoa, why would you buy that box full of sugar and preservatives? This is why I love you…you make healthy, natural desserts that taste like the most sinful indulgences. :)

  41. Katie these look wonderful! Both the recipe and the images you took :) I love the choc swirls on top and the purple pretty. Not sure what the dealio is per your email to me. Who knows what they want, seriously!

    I love “Marketing and deceptive advertising strategies can fool even the most well-intentioned consumers.” —yes! Even people who try hard and are very conscious of things can fall into their traps. Let alone ppl who aren’t as’s open season on them!

    1. I dunno… if they’d NEVER accepted my photos, then I’d just say, “Ok well it’s my photography.” But they used to accept like 50-70%… and then one day (March 22nd, to be exact) stopped accepting ANYthing! But my photo-taking hasn’t changed! So now I’m worried I made them angry, maybe by re-submitting my choco cake milkshake a million times (trying to alter it each time, to adhere to their comments). I’m worried it’s not my photos, but ME! 😕

  42. Kianni says:

    You know the Sugar free Girl Scout cookies (I don’t remember which type) use xylitol or sorbitol…or something like that to sweeten them, so on the box it says that if you eat too many cookies it’ll have a laxative affect, hehe >.>
    I know that because I remember a girl in my class ate about half the box and then wanted to know how much she ate and saw that warning label after XP

  43. Wow. A girlscout fudge baby??? Amazing! :)

  44. oh my goodness gracious! Samoa Larabar recipe??? I think I’m in heaven…

  45. Tricia says:

    I always get migraines from eating lots of processed food, and samoas are my all time favorite girl scout cookies <3 will def be making this when we get a food processer in a couple of weeks.

  46. Emilia says:

    Coconut and dates— mmmming :)

  47. Ha ha, I love the samosas/samoas thing! when you first mentioned samoas a while ago, I had to Google to find out what they were, because all I could think of was samosas!
    I really like the bit about healthy food too; I hate the standard “you’ve got to give up everything nice to be healthy” view; whenever I see dieting or healthy eating articles, they always seem to suggest such boring food, when there’s so much out there that’s amazingly healthy AND amazingly delicious – as your Fudge Babies prove :-)

  48. 1. I’m totally making these because I LOVE samoas!
    2. Extra pumped that these are like larabars… You knocked it outta the park with this one!

    1. Aww thanks!
      …but if it’s outta the park, I wanna know who the lucky person is that catches that fly (fudge baby) ball ;).

  49. Oh NO. Do you know how many of these are going to be made and eaten in the next 2 hours at my apartment?!!?! =D

  50. i’ve tried the samoa once before and remember it was good! so I guess I’ll be knowing what they taste like after I try these 😀 I agree with what you wrote here Katie~stressing about those things is worse. But it’s so sad that $ drives companies to make bad food just to save $.

  51. Katie you make raw look sexy 😉

  52. Good Lord, Katie. I just want to propose to you, that’s about all I cant say :)

    1. LOL if you offer a chocolate ring, I might say yes ;).

  53. Ok we definitely have ESP- yesterday I was sitting in class trying to come up with something like this! Yes, that is what I do in class. Such is life. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Hey, we have to keep oursevles entertained in class somehow, right? 😉

  54. Kiersten says:

    You could probably put the Girl Scouts out of business with those.

  55. Mel says:

    Hi Katie! Do you happen to know if one could sub prunes in for the dates for these(and really, all of your fudge baby recipes)? I’m not a big fan of dates but I really want to try making them. Thanks :)

    1. I’ve never made them with prunes, but I do know that a few commenters have made the regular fudge babies with prunes and liked the results. I tried figs once, but I did not like that taste at all.

  56. Laura says:

    These look AMAZING! I have eaten way more Samoas in my life than I’d like to admit. Now I can do so in a healthy, delicious way! And thank you so much for making them nut-free! Having a nut allergy can be pretty restricting when it comes to desserts. You’re awesome!

    1. Aww, you are so very welcome. I have a few more nut-less fudge baby ideas I want to try!

  57. Albizia says:

    Your babies are sooo adorable, Katie! They take after their mum, don’t they? 😉 But… no food processor and no dates means no samoa fudge babies for me. I will have to stick to the jar of crunchy peanut butter for now :/

  58. umm yum!

    it’s so perfect bec the girl scouts are out selling their cookies and I love the flavor but not the ingredients! love these! :)

  59. Ashley says:

    FABulous!! My favorite girl scout cookies AND I can make these while our kitchen is under construction b/c they don’t require an oven. Yum. :)

  60. Jess says:

    looks delicious; will have to try sometime

  61. YUM YUM YUM!!! I am so excited about these. Can’t wait to try it.

  62. YUM!!!!!! Oh my gosh Katie!!! I LOVE THESE!!!! Samoas were my favorite cookies, so now these are my favorite babies! 😀

  63. Katie says:

    I am totally making these asap! I always loved Samoas when I was a girl scout. yesss, awesome recipe!!

  64. Kristen says:

    Those look wonderful! As soon as Easter comes (and I shall again eat chocolate), I will have to make these.

    Also, I really wish I had been a girl scout as a younger girl; if I had been, I’d push for vegan/healthier versions of their cookies (not because I really adore(d) them, but because it would be better for animals/people/the environment). I am tempted to start some sort of campaign for it at some point in the future.

  65. love love love this recipe! love making raw samoas :) but thin mints our my all time fav 😉

  66. Sarah says:

    oh dear, these look AMAZING! and so simple and such a small ingredient list.. LOOOVVEEEEEEEE

  67. Tara says:

    Finally, a samoa that will actually be satisfying! Honestly, I don’t even like the way girl scout cookies taste anymore because they are so artificial. I really wish they would promote a healthy balance and at least use real ingredients in their cookies!

  68. BroccoliHut says:

    YUM! In case you haven’t noticed, I am a huge fan of anything chocolate-coconut flavored–hence my recent fixation with Almond Joy Oatmeal. Definitely adding these to my “must make” list!

    1. Oh Caroline, you are the QUEEN of girl-scout oatmeal!

  69. yummy! Definitely want to make these asap 😉

  70. bitt of raw says:

    These sound great and quick, however I really must say that Rawdorable’s raw samoas are the original raw samoa and worth the effort to make.

    1. Oh I have seen her raw Samoas! They are GORGEOUS!! I only wish I could say from experience that they’re delicious too… someday I’m going to have to make them! As I said in my post, these babies aren’t supposed to be raw samoas per se, more like samoa-flavored Larabars. I’d never even attempt to challenge Shannon’s brilliance in coming up with a REAL, lifelike raw samoa ;). I bow down to her lol.

  71. Beautiful, tasteful, and healthy, nothing can ever go wrong against that. 😀

  72. shannonmarie says:

    Very cute. I’d much rather feed these to my kids than the originals. That’s why I make my own instead of feeding them the ones from the box. But, I usually buy a box just to support the Girl Scouts. Then, I give the cookies I purchased away.

  73. Leiah says:

    You’re so right about the chemical-y-ness of those Samoas Girl Scout cookies. I bought a box this year and have been eating them slowly. But even though I’ve accidently left the box and package wide open in my pantry, those cookies stay EXACTLY the same. There’s so much crap and preservatives in there!

  74. laura says:

    love love love it! thanks for the research to back it up. i haven’t actually made one of your recipes yet, but i’ve saved several of them to my online cookbook (! hoping this will be the first. :)

  75. lindsay says:

    omg katie these are to DIE for. I made them up this afternoon after reading this post the other day and feeling inspired :) I added a little homemade raw cashew butter to mine just for kicks and they turned out absolutely delicious. Care if I post the recipe on my blog and link back to you?

  76. oooo – they look good. I’ve never had Samoas though so won’t be able to compare. I don’t even know if we have them in Australia?

    Great to have a nut free option too though – as my sons school is nut free so while I’ve been making some of your fudge babies as an after school snack treat sometimes I haven’t been able to send any in his lunch box – but now I can :)

  77. Samoas were my favorite, too! My interpretation of this Girl Scout classic is made of coconut, mejdool dates, vanilla extract, and a drizzle of dark chocolate. I shape them like the originals – and they bring me right back to my days as a Brownie.

  78. Jen says:

    I just made these for an Easter potluck tomorrow and they are so good! Mind if I link your recipe on my blog?

    1. aww aww aww You are so sweet to even ask. I would be honored! :)

  79. sarah says:

    I just made the Samoa and PB babies and have died and gone to heaven!! I don’t have any allergies, but wanted healthier desserts!! YUM!! Thank you!!

  80. kim nowlin says:

    I just made these! We’ve been making our own Lara Bars lately and love them. I have not introduced my 1 year old to nuts, so this recipe was perfect. The flavor is dead on and my toddler is loving it! Thank you :)

    1. Aw I’m so excited you tried them!! :)

  81. Jenny says:

    Samoas Fudge Babies! bc the ingredients on the girl scout box are scary!!

  82. Meghan says:

    I subscribed via email!

  83. Gretel says:

    I know graham crackers are not the healthiest food item, but I tried spreading some of this on a graham cracker and was about in heaven. The texture was like a candy bar! Thanks for the wonderful work you do.

    1. Mmm that sounds really good!

  84. Amber says:

    So the whole recipe making 3 samoa babies and one serving size is 3 samoa babies? Just double checking

    1. I can’t say how many babies the recipe makes; it depends on how big you roll them.

  85. Amber says:

    Delicious! My 16 month old was literally biting my fingers to get more!

  86. Ariana says:

    I just made them! The mixture of ingredients is delicious! But I can’t get them to stay together..? Is there a trick?!

    1. They should stay together… what type of dates did you use?

      1. Anonymous says:

        maybe I should add more?

      2. I’m not sure what Californian dates are. Can you try looking for Sunmaid? And what food processor did you use?

      3. Erin K says:

        Sunsweet brand pitted dates are marked “Californian” on the label. I just tried making a batch with them because they were the only dates our Super Target carries and I haven’t had a chance to get to the “hippy store” (what my husband calls the natural foods market) with the winter weather. Mine fell right apart too. Try sticking them back together with some almond butter, which is what I used. I’ve also done coconut oil when they get crumbly. Or you could try mixing in a stickier fruit, like raisins, until you run out of those dates. Waste not want not!

      4. Anonymous says:

        I used Californian

  87. Jennifer says:

    I love Samoas, they were always my favorite Girl Scout Cookie that my mother always bought them for me! That was when I was younger though, now that I’m more mature and aware of the food I consume that I no longer eat Girl Scout Cookies (even though we have pack left of Thin Mints in the freezer that I wish I could just eat all to myself), and I have to admit that I do miss them from time to time. But now that I came along this recipe, I am ready to give them a shot and try to make them! I’m hoping they turn out and taste just like the Girl Scout Samoas (not exactly like them, but you know what I mean!) 😀

  88. Dana says:

    If I had a Vita-Mix I would make a nice big batch of green smoothies for my hubby, my kiddos, and myself. Then I would mix up a batch of the Samoas Fudge Babies……Yummmmm.

  89. Tracie says:

    yummm. made these tonight too with my ghirardelli sea salt almond dark chocolate. absolutely delicious. thanks for the recipe!

  90. LisaEesa says:

    I tried to make these the other day, but I only had dehydrated dates so I soaked them overnight and added the liquid with them. What happened? DELICIOUS Samoa DIP! Much like dark chocolate brownie batter dip, only with coconut goodness! Mmmm…

  91. Heather MacKay says:

    Mine were super dark… I actually am freezing them a bit. But not sure why they are so dark (maybe to much chocolate chip?)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Pretty much an idiot and used prunes. Whoops!l

  92. Katie says:

    Where to buy unsweetened coconut, I never see it in the grocery store!

    1. Amanda says:

      Bob’s Red Mill makes it. I usually look in the natural food section, and find it there.

      It’s cracking me up how many people say their kids like these. My three year old is still all over them, a year later. I squish them into Ikea ice cube trays, because I’m lazy, and this batch makes seven or eight little flowers.

  93. Cindy says:

    These are amazing! We actually use them for my 2 years olds treat when she goes to the potty instead of jellybeans. She loves them and the fudge babies too

  94. Kaitlyn says:

    These are seriously delicious. Like, so so good. Good job Katie! But I was wondering, is the calorie content for the entire batch?

  95. Alanna says:

    I think this is my new favorite fudge baby recipe! I’d been meaning to try them for a long time (samoas were my favorite GS cookie), but I liked the thin mint version so much I kept making those! Luckily today I was out of nuts, because these are so very good. I used almond extract since I was out of vanilla, and when I opened the food processor it looked (and smelled!) like I’d just blended some of the cookies in there! I wonder what they’d taste like with toasted coconut? I doubled the recipe, but now I’m wishing I’d quadrupled it, lol.

  96. Jule says:

    Made these. Amazing! Somehow the date/vanilla extract-mushiness tastes exactly like the caramel-y goo on samoas. Just way healthier. Love it! Am so glad I found your blog. :)

  97. Jillyb says:

    Oh hello! These are friggin’ FABulous! Made even more decadent by 2 TBS peanut butter :-)

  98. Jeanne says:

    I made half a batch of these and they were delicious!!

  99. Mary says:

    I may have ate these with a spoon before forming them into balls….

  100. Donna says:

    Made these, loved them, will make again :) Hubs is allergic to dates :( so I guess I can try raisins??? Anyone have this issue or other ideas? Thanks, Donna

    1. You can definitely try… Or maybe make the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie bars (or shape into balls), which are already made with raisins. :)

  101. Robyn says:

    Loved these, but after a few tastes decided I wanted peanut butter, so I “destroyed” them (hahaha) and added 2 T peanut butter and rolled them in unsweetened coconut for a finish. YUM!! I should have just made your reese’s peanut butter eggs ;P

  102. Selena says:

    Hi! I’m new to this site. Can you tell me where are the rest of the preparation instructions for these? What to you do with the mix after you have blended it in the food processor?

    1. Smush into a ball (it helps to use a plastic bag), and then form little balls :)

  103. Jennifer says:

    These look soooo good! If I made some tonight, how many days will they stay fresh in the fridge?

    1. A fw weeks, or you can freeze them.

  104. Kristin says:

    I’ve made these twice now – a quadruple batch both times! Yes, I love them and lucky for me, my kids don’t care for them much so I get them aaaaall to myself. I was wondering how many Larabars this recipe would make. I’m a calorie-counter, so I really appreciate the nutrition information, but I have no idea how many to cut it into to equal the calories given. I’m hoping that your recipe is for ONE. Ha!

  105. Breanna says:

    I made a tripple batch of these for my whole family – they were great.

  106. Beth Connelly says:

    I was SO excited when I found your website and this recipe. I just tried to make a batch, tried being the operative word, and it came out delicious but really powdery. They just weren’t t sticky enough to roll into balls. I have really lame food processor – maybe that is my hang up?

    1. That could be it… but also, it helps to put all the dough in a plastic bag and smush from inside the bag.

      And I like sunmaid dates, which are softer.

  107. Sheri says:

    Haven’t posted to your site before….just stalk all of your delicious recipes!! :-) I plan to finally dive into some of these holiday sweets over Christmas break with my kiddos! My husband and my daughter each have the biggest sweet tooth! My daughter, who is 8, will actually point to her top front tooth and say that is her “sweet tooth”! :-) Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for all you do to give us these healthy alternatives…and I am so glad to have found you and your beautifully photographed site!! Blessings this holiday season!!

  108. Elizabesia says:

    Hi Katie, I just tried this (using sweetened coconut flakes and Medjool dates). They were delicious! They really took care of some serious chocolate craving, and were super simple to make. I’ve recently discovered your website and wanted to thank you for all the great recipes. Well, I’m off to check on my agar base! :)

  109. dawn says:

    Anyone tried making these with a Vitamix? Don’t have a food processor but would like to make these.

    1. Technically you can, but they will be VERY sticky…

  110. Randi says:

    Seriously these were SO GOOOOD! Made some yesterday, and they went too fast lol. Thank you for the recipe!

  111. AJ says:

    YUM! I made these this evening and they are delicious. I love the chocolate bits on mixed with coconut. Mmm!

  112. Jen says:

    I can’t seem to find the nutritional information on your recipes recently. Where is that located now?

  113. melodye says:

    Here is a recipe I got from Babycakes for thin mint cookies.
    Babycake’s Thin Mints
    From Babycakes Covers the Classics

    1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour
    1 cup vegan sugar
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/4 cup arrowroot
    1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup melted refined coconut oil or canola oil
    1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    2 tablespoons vanilla extract
    1 cup vegan gluten-free chocolate chips
    3 tablespoons mint extract
    For a shiny sheen to the chocolate coating, I recommend tempering the chocolate first. It takes a little bit longer, but it will make the cookies look beautiful and give them a nice snap when bitten into. I recommend freezing the cookies to keep them crisp and fresh for longer enjoyment.
    1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, arrowroot, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula until a thick dough forms.
    3. Drop the dough by the teaspoon full onto the prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Gently flatten each mound of dough, smoothing the edges with your fingers. Bake for 7 minutes, rotate the baking sheets, and bake for 7 minutes more. Let stand on the baking sheets for 15 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, combine the chocolate chips and mint extract in a small saucepan and place on medium heat. Stir until the chips are just melted. Do not overcook. Remove from heat. Dunk the top of each cookie into the melted chocolate and place in a single later on a platter. Refrigerate the cookies for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate sets.

    Hope this will give you some inspiration. I love your blog and I love chocolate!

  114. Hi Katie! I’m new to your site and last night I tried these for the first time, and WOW! So delicious! I’m in college and I have a very small kitchen where I can’t do a lot of cooking, but these were such a delight to make. The dash of salt really added a delicious taste. I blogged about your recipe and linked back to you. Keep up the awesome work!! :)

  115. jolli says:

    Katie, I love your website and your fabulous recipes!

  116. nancy leahy says:

    could you post the carbs in your goodies? i am doing weight watchers and i have to have the fat, carb, fiber and protein to calculate my ww points.

    thank you…alot!

  117. Jen O says:

    Craving Girl Scout cookies after seeing the scouts trying to sell them outside Walmart. These were great, just enough of the GS taste to satisfy. Thanks!!

  118. Kalina says:

    These look so yummy!! Just wondering how many this recipe yields and also how big i should make each. (I am unfamiliar with larabars so that doesn’t work as a reference for me!) :)

  119. latisha says:

    Can I use something instead of dates?

  120. Anne says:

    I made these last night to eat as after-work snacks. OMG they really do taste just like those samosa girl scout cookies! They were great, thanks for the recipe!

  121. Courtney says:

    I saw that has a link to your fudge babies recipe! It appears that a pregnant Kristen Bell is a big fan! How exciting :)

  122. E says:

    these are AMAZING!!! i made them with carob chips instead of chocolate chips. thank you for being a big reason why i have been able to give up almost all sugars/sweeteners. your recipes give me the sweet fix i want without ever having to eat anything worse than a date or banana. :)

  123. Lily says:

    😀 😀 😀
    I <333333333333333333 these things!!
    I was wondering if you could maybe replace the dates with dried mango or something. Just for like a fruity flavor. Thanks!!

  124. Em says:

    Sooooo easy and delish! Halfway in I figured that I had better double the recipe… these were going to be good! I threw in a scoop of protein powder and flax seeds. Why not? One batch of your other bars traveled with me to Paris. Ever try to eat gluten-free there? Thanks so much! You sort of saved me.

  125. Ala says:

    I don’t know if you noticed, but PEOPLE magazine linked this page 😉,,20687442_21303484,00.html

  126. sam says:

    These tasted great when i used sunmaid golden raisins, but they kind of had an after taste and a sticky texture of dried fruit meat, were they supposed to be like that,or more like a regular ball of cookie dough?

  127. cucicucicoo says:

    I pinned these ages ago but never made them because I didn’t have a food processor. Now I have a Magic Bullet and this is one of the first things I made with it. So delicious, easy and FAST!! I’m going to make bunches of them to bring to holiday parties, some plain, some rolled in coconut and others rolled in chopped nuts. Thanks so much! :) Lisa

  128. Megisha says:

    Can you PLEASE try to make the Savannah Smiles? They’re my FAVORITE cookies and they remind me of this tea festival that we used to go to in South Carolina. They had cookies that were IDENTICAL to the Savannah Smiles so when I joined Girl Scouts I begged my mom to get as many as possible. I would love it if you made a healthier version that you can make whenever you want.

  129. Jackie says:

    Another very simple delicious treat!

  130. Kate says:

    Katie, these are AMAZING! I am addicted! I think I can replace normal Girl Scout Samoas with these now! I changed a few things about the recipe and it turned out perfectly too! Instead of chocolate chips, I used cacao powder and I also did not add salt to make them healthier! These are amazing…everyone should make them!

  131. Sarah says:

    These are super yummy Katie:) I have a question,the food in the pics u post
    Do u actually eat it or is it like one for show?

  132. ann martin says:

    Trying to find a healthy dessert close to german choc. cake for my sons Birthday Day . I’m going to try this one and add peacan’s.

  133. Chandal says:

    I made these last night (only the larabar form) and oh my gosh are they good!! I’m absolutely addicted to larabars but these tasted so much better! I wanted something sweet but still natural. I had everything on hand and whipped this up in my tiny little food processor which worked out great! I will be making these again! :)